Get in a jam with the Salvos

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

THE Sal­va­tion Army Rochester is ready to rock with its new pro­gram Just Jam­min’.

The pro­gram is a monthly jam ses­sion open to any­one to come and jam, learn new songs and meet other mu­si­cians.

Lieu­tenant Ben Clap­ton said he was ex­cited for the pro­gram to get off the ground.

“This has been an idea that has been ger­mi­nat­ing for over a year, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a jam,” he said.

Lt Clap­ton was trained as a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist, get­ting his Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic from the West­ern Aus­tralian Academy of Per­form­ing Arts, but taught him­self gui­tar when he joined the Salvos.

“My corps was a fairly tra­di­tional corps, with a large brass band,’’ he said.

‘‘I knew there was no way that my vi­o­lin would be heard against the band, so I taught my­self gui­tar and joined the praise and wor­ship band.

“I’ve since ex­panded from praise and wor­ship mu­sic and en­joy play­ing a wide range of dif­fer­ing styles and pick­ing up new songs.

“I’m re­ally hop­ing that this can be ben­e­fi­cial for not only the mu­si­cians in our town, but also our com­mu­nity as a whole.’’

Just Jam­min’ grew out of a de­sire to see an ac­tive mu­si­cal com­mu­nity in Rochester but also from the ben­e­fit that mu­sic can pro­vide for the wider com­mu­nity.

“Many stud­ies have shown the ben­e­fits that play­ing mu­sic and play­ing mu­sic in a group es­pe­cially has not only on in­di­vid­u­als but as a com­mu­nity,’’ Lt Clap­ton said. ‘‘When you play in a group you start tun­ing in to oth­ers around you and breath­ing and mov­ing as one.

“The best thing is that any­body can do it — we all have a voice, we can all sing.’’

Just Jam­min’ starts on Novem­ber 10 at 7pm at the Sal­va­tion Army hall on the cor­ner of El­iz­a­beth and Ram­say streets, Rochester. The in­au­gu­ral ses­sion will start with a Bea­tles-themed all-in jam.

En­try is by gold coin do­na­tion, and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

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